October 21, 2014

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Teenage inmate hangs himself in cell at Medina County Jail

Michale Elliot Green

MEDINA — A teenage inmate hanged himself Wednesday night in a cell at the Medina County Jail, according to Sheriff Neil Hassinger. Michale Elliot Green, 18, of Akron, was found by deputies hanging in his jail cell at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday. Green used a bath towel to hang himself, Hassinger said. After administering CPR, deputies Read More…

Doctor says veins of obese Ohio inmate inaccessible

Ronald Post

COLUMBUS — A condemned killer fighting his execution because of his extreme weight does not have accessible veins in his arms or hands and could not receive a lethal injection in his legs because he is so obese, a doctor said in a court filing. Death row inmate Ronald Post wants a federal judge to Read More…

Final Medina County unofficial election results

MEDINA COUNTY CANDIDATES * denotes incumbents 100 percent of precincts counted. COMMISSIONER (Term beginning Jan. 2, 2013) Steve Hambley (R)       50,545 Elisa Kazek (D)   28,788 (Term beginning Jan. 3, 2013) Patricia G. Geissman (R)*     46,008 Mark E. Kolesar (D)     33,399 CORONER Neil F. Grabenstetter (D)*    57,724 ENGINEER Mike Salay (R)* Read More…

Don’t rush to judgment on the Cavs

Clevleand rookie Dion Waiters has looked very good at times and very bad at other times. Below, Kyrie Irving has been  outstanding in the early going. (AP PHOTO)

Through five games, the Cavaliers have been a lot like rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters: There have been flashes of brilliance and moments of ineptness. Reality can be found somewhere in the middle — and they’ve both been there, too. The Cavs looked terrific in downing the Los Angeles Clippers 108-101 on the road and Read More…

Browns: Jabaal Sheard’s sack total takes a plunge

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) breakes away from Cleveland Browns defensive end Jabaal Sheard in a game this season. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — Numbers don’t lie, but NFL statistics are often misleading. Case in point: Defensive end Jabaal Sheard only has 1½ quarterback sacks in the Browns’ first nine games –– putting him well off the pace from his 9½-sack rookie season. Yet, the second-year pro has repeatedly been praised for his performance by Cleveland’s coaching Read More…

Former Medina County soccer stars find success

Taylor Burke

It’s no secret Medina County is a hotbed of future college soccer talent. This year has been no different, as a handful of former area standouts have made names for themselves in helping their respective teams to conference championships last week. Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Burke helped No. 10 Florida to its 10th Southeastern Conference Tournament Read More…

City officials in Brunswick address seniors’ concerns

Jim Lukas

BRUNSWICK — Senior citizens had the chance to ask questions of city leaders Thursday afternoon and many of the about 40 in attendance were concerned about access to grocery stores, the recreation center and city offices. Senior housing is on the outskirts of town, but shopping and city offices are closer to the center of Read More…

Sheriff gets new weapon to fight online predators

From left, Chief Deputy and Medina County Sheriff-elect Tom Miller; Mike Humble, president of the Ohio State Moose Association; Mike Thatcher and George Grosser, of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation; and Medina County Sheriff Neil Hassinger, stand in the office that houses a new computer system donated by the foundation. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

MEDINA — The Medina County Sheriff’s Office received a computer system Thursday that will help sheriff’s detectives investigate child sexual predators online. The $3,400 equipment was provided by the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, a national organization that promotes Internet safety, and Moose International. Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Colonius said the equipment, known as “Cop-in-a-Box,” includes a high-speed Read More…

Brunswick man gets prison for sex with 14-year-old girl

Jeremy Thomas

MEDINA — A Brunswick man who admitted to having several sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison. Jeremy A. Thomas, 23, of 4407 Laurel Road, Apt. 313, originally pleaded not guilty to one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony, but changed his plea Read More…

Ohio AG: No deal for teen in Craigslist killings

By Thomas J. Sheeran CLEVELAND — No deal has been struck for leniency for a teenager convicted in a deadly plot to lure men with phony Craigslist job offers, Ohio’s attorney general said Thursday. The sentencing in Akron for Brogan Rafferty, 17, was postponed until Friday and his mother said earlier that a deal in Read More…